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  • LindaK68 commented on pilx's instructable Floating Dock with Barrels (UPDATED)9 months ago
    Floating Dock with Barrels (UPDATED)

    Here are seven reasons why 55 gallon drums make better dockfloats: 1. Drums are more Rugged – The walls of a typical 55gallon drum are twice as thick as the walls of standard rectangular dock float.A 55 gallon drum can be beat with a sledge hammer without damage. Do NOT trythis on a rectangular dock float. 2. Drums don’t require Foam Filling – Rectangular dockfloats are typically foam filled to keep the walls of the float fromcollapsing. This increases the weight of the float and If the float ever getspunctured, the foam inside can become water logged with no way to dry it out.Drums, on the other hand, have a shape that makes them strong without requiringfoam filling. If, somehow, they ever get punctured, the water can be easilydrained and the hole welded up, returning...see more »Here are seven reasons why 55 gallon drums make better dockfloats: 1. Drums are more Rugged – The walls of a typical 55gallon drum are twice as thick as the walls of standard rectangular dock float.A 55 gallon drum can be beat with a sledge hammer without damage. Do NOT trythis on a rectangular dock float. 2. Drums don’t require Foam Filling – Rectangular dockfloats are typically foam filled to keep the walls of the float fromcollapsing. This increases the weight of the float and If the float ever getspunctured, the foam inside can become water logged with no way to dry it out.Drums, on the other hand, have a shape that makes them strong without requiringfoam filling. If, somehow, they ever get punctured, the water can be easilydrained and the hole welded up, returning the float to 100% capacity. 3. Drums won’t crush in the Ice – The round shape of adrum keep the ice from grabbing hold of it. As the lake freezes, the drums getpushed up on top of the ice. When the ice thaws and shifts, the drums and thedock are not damaged. Rectangular floats will easily crush in the ice. 4. Drums slide easily across the Ground – The roundshape and ruggedness of drums allow a dock to be easily dragged over sand,gravel, even small rocks. Hook your dock up to your truck and drag it up onshore. 5. Drums sit the dock higher above the Water – Atypical dock floating on 55 gallon drums will sit about 20” above the waterwhere as a dock on rectangular floats will sit only 10-16” depending on thedesign. A higher floating dock more in line with pontoon boats and ski boats. 6. Drums are much less Expensive – Brand newrectangular dock floats can cost anywhere from $110-140 not including shipping.A brand new 55 gallon drum is only about $50 and used drums are almost alwaysavailable in the $5-15 range. 7. Drums are already Everywhere – Shipping a singlerectangular dock float can cost $30-45. But used drums are already available injust about every community. Just search for “55 gallon drums” or “55 gallonbarrels” on Craig’s List. Locally available drums dramatically reduce shippingcosts.

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